Words & Photos by James Alvarez
The Dillinger Escape Plan are in the midst of their final North American tour… ever. Supporting their sixth and final mind blowing LP, Dissociation, the once and future kings of extreme music have crafted a hell of a farewell tour. The tech death rippers of Entheos, the pummeling hell raisers in Cult Leader, and the haunting, woe full rockers, O’Brother; all crisscrossing the country with the mighty Dillinger Escape Plan, for the most schizophrenic tour of the season. Oh yeah, and uh, last Dillinger shows ever? You bet your ass this tour is selling out and popping off like WWIII.
The perils of life and the oh so rare, rainy day in Los Angeles freakout, caused us to miss Entheos’ opening set. Cult Leader had just started their onstage demolition as we arrived, blasting through songs off their stellar debut, Lightless Walk. The band’s energy and anger levels were off the charts, which prompted an uber frenzied response from the crowd. The somber atmospherics of O’Brother stood in stark contrast to the mania that was Cult Leader’s set, but their passionate performance and genuinely great songs won over the adrenaline laced audience inside The Regent. O’Brother’s spellbinding light show helped entrance the crowd further as well.
Speaking of light shows: The Dillinger Escape Plan lit up The Regent like Independence Day. Not the holiday; more like Will Smith detonating nuclear bombs inside an orbiting space ship, that way. The band opened with “Limerent Death” Dissociation’s first single and already certified classic DEP rager; and the sold out house went ballistic. As the crowd sang “YOU WERE EVERYTHING TO ME,” along with frontman Greg Puciato, one couldn’t help but wonder, are they just repeating the lyrics or are they actually trying to communicate/plead with the band one last time? As the night progressed and the mayhem unfolded, it became clear that it was obviously the latter.
The band stacked their setlist with bangers, plowing through “Panasonic Youth” “Farewell, Mona Lisa” and “When I Lost My Bet” right out the gate. Fans sang their hearts out to “Black Bubblegum” for the first time in ages and danced/crowd surfed like heathens during “Milk Lizard.” Dissociation has been out for less than a month but people were already singing the words to new tracks like “Symptom Of Terminal Illness” and “Low Feels Blvd” like their lives depended on it [“I GUESS WE’RE HAVING A MOMENT RIGHT NOW”]. Fitting then, that the band played extra feverishly on this night. Dillinger has had several legendary Southern California gigs throughout their career. Blood baths at Chain Reaction, riots at The House of Blues, scaling the walls at the Center for the Arts to name a few. Now, they can add their farewell party at The Regent to the list. Greg’s swan dive off the balcony during the end of “Prancer,” the massive free-for-all when half the crowd joined the band onstage during “Sunshine The Werewolf” to the actual pyrotechnics/fire breathing during the closing notes of “43% Burnt,” these will all go down as more ‘holy shit’ moments in The Dillinger Escape Plan’s proud history of doing it live, to the extreme, in LA.
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Catch Dillinger’s final tour when they roll through your neck of the woods or you’ll regret it for the rest of your life:
11/03 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
11/04 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
11/05 – Austin, TX @ Sound on Sound Festival
11/06 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
11/07 – New Orleans, LA @ Southport Hall
11/09 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
11/10 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
11/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
11/12 – Wilmington, NC @ The Throne Theatre
11/13 – Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
11/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11/16 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
11/17 – Burlington, VT @ Club Metronome
11/18 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
11/19 – Hartford, CT @ The Webster